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Jul 16, 2012 07:26 AM

Tatte Bakery

I was curious if any other hounds have checked this place out.

My wife said she had a good roast beef sandwich from there last week, so we stopped in for breakfast yesterday. I got a rather greasy (and honestly quite disgusting) breakfast sandwich for $8. I definitely won't be going back for that again. The breakfast sandwich at Area Four is fantastic (and only $6), so that's where I'll go when I get a craving for one of these. It also practically took an act of Congress for them to get me some hot sauce. If you're serving eggs, shouldn't you have a bunch of Tabasco laying around for people to use?

Also, the outside seating was pretty awkward. The table we were at had a huge vent blowing hot air on us - definitely not what you want on a 90 degree day. Why not build the awning out a little further to shield your guests from the hot air that's getting vented out of your kitchen?

I'll probably give the place one more shot, but it wasn't a great first impression.

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  1. Given it is directly across the street from my office, it has been hard to ignore - walking by with the smell of fresh bread wafting through the doors.

    I have had good luck there with lunch and snacks. Although it is *not* cheap. On my first visit, I ordered a spinach brioche bun that was filled with feta and spinach. It was delicious. It is about the same price as a spinach croissant I order from Au Bon Pain from time to time - with half the spinach feta mixture. I would have appreciated a bit more filling. But the brioche - just about perfect. Really, REALLY good. Buttery and not heavy in the least. More recently someone in my office ordered a tray of their pastries and buns (must have cost $100) and I wasn't able to sample any because I was in a hurry, but everything smelled and looked amazing - chocolate croissants, the blueberry muffin - a cylindrical version that was very moist, sugar topped, and overflowing with berries - among delicious-looking others.

    For lunch, I have had the VERY good, very healthy, edamame, avocado, cucumber, arugula (cloyingly called 'roquette'), and red onion salad with lemon vinaigrette and topped with grilled chicken. It is delicious. It is $13, which is a tad high for a take-out lunch, but it is very, very good.

    I can't speak to the breakfast sandwiches - but the bakery items are delicious, and the lunches are good. Pricey, but very good. And, OH... the delightful aromas when you pass by! :)

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    1. re: Small Plates

      That salad sounds wonderful....thanks for the heads up! BTW, roquette *is* the french word for arugula (rocket) I guess when in Rome...... ;)

      1. re: Science Chick

        Well aware. :-) On our family farm we grew it. Dad used to call it rocket-ship because it grew so fast. My snarky comment was more to the idea that if you are going to publish a menu in French, because you are a French resto, that's great; but I found the style choice of printing only one ingredient in the dish ('roquette') in French to be a bit cloying. No biggie, Not even a quibble. Just my own silly fun poke.

        1. re: Small Plates

          Just saw your reply, small plates...yes, I agree. Pick one language or they other, but don't try to be too precious by injecting one French word!

    2. Everything looks so pretty and smells so good. All I've gotten from them is a jam brioche. Like Small Plates I found the brioche light and buttery. Went well with my latte from Voltage.

      I enjoyed the cappuccino 's at Area 4, but did not like the macchiato that I got there. But I'll try to remember Area 4 next time I'm looking for a breakfast sandwich. I usually end up at Clover for their cheap/basic sandwich. How does the Area 4 breakfast sandwich compare to the Flour sandwich?

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      1. re: viperlush

        My husband and I loved our cappuccinos from Area Four the other day. I'm not a macciato drinker, so I guess I'm in luck there.

        I'm grateful for this post because Tatte had fallen totally off my radar screen. I'll have to check it out soon.

        1. re: viperlush

          For me, the best thing about Tate is that at the end of the daty they sell the leftover pastries at a deep discount. Usually all that is left is brioche and croissants. They end up being a little stale the next morning, but I still enjoy them.

        2. I stop by Tatte pretty often because I live across the street. I tried the breakfast sandwich once as well and it was not quite as bad as you described, but was hardly anything I would order again. The Breakfast sandwich at Area 4 is a tough one to live up to though, that thing is delicious.

          At Tatte though I like the Croissants and different varieties of Brioche and both are excellent. I also enjoyed the slice of Cheescake and Brownies I tried recently as well. Finally, they also make a decent latte, even though I still prefer Voltage and RJ Gourmet.

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          1. re: Matt H

            Glad to hear all the other good reviews. Like I said, my wife really enjoyed her roast beef sandwich she had without me, so maybe I chalk this one up to bad ordering on my part.

            1. re: Matt H

              RJ Gourmet makes a mighty fine latte.

            2. I've been, but only once. I had a totally delicious salad for dinner but was unable to eat the pastries as I can't eat any dairy. They are gorgeous looking though- real works of art. I like the atmosphere, including the large communal table in the middle, but the night I went, the place could have used a good, solid cleaning. I walk by a lot and it is always packed. They do have free wifi, so there are lots of people camped out with computers. I need to go back. Thanks for the reminder.

              1. A houseguest brought me an Almond Pie (i.e. Nut box) from Tatte this summer - it was really good. Not killer sweet.

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                1. re: THewat

                  Those little things are quite popular. I believe they're being featured in this year's Williams-Sonoma holiday catalog. Big win for them.

                  They do a very good macchiato. It's annoying that they don't do free refills on their drip coffee, though.

                  1. re: FinnFPM

                    Who does do free refills anymore, apart from a standard diner? Certainly not any bakery/coffeehouse type place that I am aware of....

                    1. re: Science Chick

                      Sofra does. We used to live by there and go all the time, so I guess they're still my benchmark, especially for bakery/cafes to "hang out" in. I think, also, that Tatte is somewhat similar to Sofra. You're probably right, though, in that most places don't. It still rankles me!